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Top Universities in the USA 2020

The USA is currently the most popular overseas study destination, with over 750,000 international students pursuing their dream course in a wide variety of quality universities. 

A number of American institutions are ranked highly by university ranking providers such as QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, achieving high consistency in aspects like research output and stellar contributions to respective industries. 

Apart from its excellent higher education offerings, the USA offers an abundance of activities - both city-bound and nature-themed - to satisfy the needs of those who wish to explore and immerse in new experiences. 

For those who are seeking to pursue your foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate pathways in the USA, university rankings can provide a sense of whether the institution is right for you. 

Ranking providers like the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World (THE) University Rankings are globally recognised, often used by students as part of their research before applying to study abroad. 

With that, we’ve compiled the top universities in the USA for 2020 below, with data from the latest QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings.

QS Top Universities in the USA

Rank

University

Global Rank

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1

2

Stanford University

2

3

Harvard University

3

4

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

5

5

University of Chicago

10

6

Princeton University

13

7

Cornell University

14

8

University of Pennsylvania

15

9

Yale University

17

10

Columbia University

18

11

University of Michigan

21 

12

Johns Hopkins University

24 

13

Duke University

25 

14

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

28 

15

Northwestern University

31 

16

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

35 

17

New York University (NYU)

39 

18

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

45 

19

Carnegie Mellon University

48 

20

University of Wisconsin-Madison

56 

 

THE Top Universities in the USA

Rank

University

Global Rank

1

California Institute of Technology

2

2

Stanford University

4

3

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5

4

Princeton University

6

5

Harvard University

7

6

Yale University

8

7

University of Chicago

9

8

University of Pennsylvania

11

9

John Hopkins University

12

10

University of California, Berkeley

13

11

Columbia University

16

12

University of California, Los Angeles

17

13

Cornell University

19

14

Duke University

20

15

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

21

16

Northwestern University

22

17

University of Washington

26

18

Carnegie Mellon University

27

19

New York University

29

20

University of California, San Diego

31

 

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